Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: September 2017 - Inspired by a Garment

 
Hey there!  Today I have my first post for September's Nail Challenge Collaborative Inspired by a Garment theme.  I don't love this prompt to be honest.  For some reason whenever I have this theme my mind draws a blank.  However I do love argyle anything - sweaters, socks, shirts, etc. so I decided to do argyle nails for my first look. 
 
 
I found an argyle sweater that I really love on amazon.com and used that as my inspiration.  You can see the sweater here.  I used Zoya August and Jordan as my main colors and did the lines with an L.A. Colors Art Deco white striper.  I thought this mani would like great with a matte topcoat.  I used Butter London Matte Finish as my topcoat and I love how it turned out.  I will show you what this looks like with a glossy topcoat below. 
 

Here you can see this look with a shiny topcoat.  I used Tonic Topper which is my favorite quick dry topcoat.  I rarely use matte topcoats, but do prefer this look matte compared to glossy.  What do you think?
 

This was my first time ever trying argyle nails which is odd because of how much I love argyle.  I was a big preppy in high school!  I think I will do argyle nails again in the future.  There are so many different color combos you can do!
 
Have your done any manis inspired by a garment?  What garments inspired your nail art? 
 
Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: August 2017 - Flowers


Hey there!  Today I have my fourth and final post for the Nail Challenge Collaborative August Flowers theme.  I did stamping for my three other looks so decided to do a dotticure for the last one. 


I started with a base of a Lynnderella white mystery with tiny pink microglitters.  I am a sucker for a good white nail polish especially one with a little something extra.  The microglitters in this one make it so pretty.  This is two coats plus topcoat. 


One of my favorite color combos is red and teal.  I think they look great together, and if I were to ever get married that would be my wedding colors.  I used OPI 5 Apples Tall for the red flowers and Taylor Blue for the dots.  The white centers of the flowers were done with the base Lynnderella


I really like how this turned out.  The colors work well together and it looks simple and clean.  I hope that you liked my four manis for this month's flowers theme.  Check back next month to see what the new theme is. 

Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: August 2017 - Flowers


Hey there!  Today I have my third post for the Nail Challenge Collaborative August Flowers theme.  I went with a stamped roses for this look.   


I started with a base of Supernatural Lacquer Amulet which is shown above.  Amulet is a deep jewel toned blue in a blackened base.  I love colors like this.  They're so vampy and perfect for fall.  I've owned this color for a while, and I'm so happy I finally got around to wearing it!


I used Rica Mellow Yellow and Pinky Promise for my roses.  Rica makes some of my favorite stamping polishes, and I've shown you Whiteout and Blackout many times before.  She also makes stamping polishes in other colors, and these are two of them.  I really love these polishes and hope she decides to make more colors in the future.


I stamped with Born Pretty Store BPL-024 plate which I also used in my last post.  This plate is all flowers, and I love all the different options.  If I get the time to do one more post I will most likely use this plate again!


I hope you like my colorful roses.  I love how they look over the blue base.  I wouldn't normally have done a combination like this, but I'm so happy with how it turned out. 

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: August 2017 - Flowers


Hey there!  Today I have my second post for Nail Challenge Collaborative August Flowers theme.  I did these earlier in the month, but just haven't had time to write a post so I'm finally getting to it now.  If you follow me on Instagram @samantha1027 then you might have already seen the base I did for this look.


I wanted to do something a little different for this one so I went with a fan brush nail art base using Zoya Tobey, Wednesday and Paz.  I've been trying to participate in #fanbrushfriday on Instagram and one week the colors were bright pink, bright orange, and teal.  I thought these colors would work well as a base for flower nail art so decided to stamp over them. 


I stamped over the base with Rica Whiteout and Born Pretty Store BPL-024 plate.  This is one of my favorite plates with all of the flower designs and I love this stamp in particular with the bigger petals.  It always looks great when I use it. 


I'm really happy with how these turned out.  I like the fan brush nail art under the stamping and plan on doing more looks like this in the future.  I should have at least one more post for this month's challenge if not two so keep on the lookout for them. 

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Nail Challenge Collarborative: August 2017 - Flowers


Hey there!  Today I have my first post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative August Flowers theme.  We've changed things up in NCC, and this month the members got to vote for the theme.  I actually voted for flowers so I'm glad that theme won.  There's a lot of nail art you can do with a flowers so it should be fun to see what everyone comes up with. 


I started with a base of Polish'M Tahitian Treasure which was part of the Seasonal Indie Box for summer.  This purple polish is gorgeous especially with the blue to gold duochrome shift.  In this photo you can really see the gold coming through.  It really shines!


I tried something new for my nail art.  I went with layered stamping which I've never done before.  I used the MoYou London Princess 13 stamping plate for both stamps.  First I did the checkerboard using MoYou London Last Dragon then I stamped the flowers on top with MoYou London Sweet Wysteria.  I love how subtle the flowers are, and I feel like they work really well over the checkerboard. 


I'm very happy with how this turned out, and I will definitely be doing layered stamping again in the future.  This also coincides with the When Colours Collide purple theme so it worked out for both of my challenges.  I hope you like this. 

Have you done any stamped flower nail art?  Which plates do you like best?

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Nail Challenge Collaborative: July 2017 - Beach/Ocean


Hey there!  Today I have for you my fourth and final post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative July Beach/Ocean theme.  This look is a recreation for a look I did in July 2015 for our Travel theme yet I used different polishes.  You can see that post here


I started with a base of Tonic Nail Polish Deep Sea-Crets which is a beautiful turquoise crème with peachy-pink shimmer.  I am addicted to shimmer polishes lately and let me tell you this one is a beauty!  I stamped with Rica Whiteout, my go-to white stamping polish if you haven't figured that out yet, and MoYou London Sailor 06 plate to create the waves/water look.  Then I painted my tips with Zoya Bar to create the sand.  I really love how the shimmer in Deep Sea-Crets looks like the sun hitting the water.  It's a great effect that I didn't even plan for. 


This is definitely one beach that I want to go to!  I hope that you've liked all of my posts for this month's theme.  I'm excited to see what we'll be doing next month! 

Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading! 



Monday, July 24, 2017

The Nail Challenge Collaborative: July 2017 - Beach/Ocean



Hey there!  Today I have my third post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative July Beach/Ocean theme.  One of the scariest things about going to the ocean are the sharks so I had to shark nails for this one.  I started with a base of Zoya Cecilia.  Cecilia is a gorgeous teal crème and for this look I did two coats even though you can get away with one.  This color is very pigmented and did stain when I removed it even with basecoat. 



For the shark I found a tutorial on YouTube from Jenny Claire Fox or @missjenfabulous as most people in the nail community know her.  Her tutorial was easy to follow so I went with the simple accent nail for my shark design.  I do wish that I followed her idea of using a light blue for the nail with the shark so it stood out more because I feel it blends in too much with the teal base color.

 
I created the shark nail freehand and used Zoya Tao and Red Door Red, and Rica Whiteout and Blackout.  I used dotting tools for the eyes and a nail art brush for the teeth.  I know this look is not perfect, but it's still cute and you get the idea that it's supposed to be a shark I hope.  It worked out perfectly with this week being Shark Week on Discovery Channel as well! 

Do you watch Shark Week?  Have you done shark nail art?

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Nail Challenge Collaborative: July 2017 - Beach/Ocean

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hey there!  I hope you are enjoying the summer.  Today I have my second post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative July Beach/Ocean theme.  I started with a base of Essie Sand Tropez.  I love this color as a nude and it worked well in this mani.  I then did a gradient with Essie Sand Tropez and Bobbing for Baubles to look like the water hitting the sand.  Finally I stamped with MoYou London Sailor 05 plate and Rica Whiteout to create the ocean creature look. 
 
 
 
I think this turned out really cute.  I love the stamp and the cute shells and starfish.  The color combo is one of my favorites with the nude and navy.  It looks like the water at night to me.
 
What fun beach manis have you done?  What polishes do you think work best for a beach theme?
 
Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading. 
 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Nail Challenge Collaborative: July 2017 - Beach/Ocean




















Hey there!  Today I have my first post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative July Beach/Ocean theme.  I love themes like this because they leave things up to interpretation and give a lot of options on what to do. 




















I started with my base colors of Sephora by OPI I'm Wired and Rica Challah Back.  I used these colors because they were the colors for the latest When Colours Collide challenge and I thought they work well for the beach theme.  This is 3 coats of I'm Wired and 2 coats of Challah Back.  I love how these colors look together and need to wear them more often. 




















I wanted to do something cute and fun for my first mani and saw this seahorse stamp on my MoYou London Sailor 05 plate. I love seahorses so figured this one would be perfect since it's beachy and summery! 




















I really love how this turned out.  I love subtle stamping sometimes and this was perfect for a summer mani!  Have you done any beach nail art this summer or have any trips planned to the beach?  

I have a few more beach/ocean ideas up my sleeves so check back to see what I come up with!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Nail Challenge Collaborative: June 2017 - Neon

Hey there!  Today I have my third post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative June Neon theme.  I am really loving this theme if you can't already tell.  I hope to get a few more posts in before the end of the month, but I have a busy schedule so we will see!




















I started with a base of one of my favorite neon pink polishes, Zoya Lola!  This color is gorgeous and a great summer color.  It is slightly sheer though so I needed to do four coats. 




















I wanted to just do something simple for this mani and decided just to do some silver stamping.  I used Zoya Trixie and Born Pretty Store BPL-024 plate to create this look.  I thought the paisley design was fun, but not too overwhelming to take away from the pink. 




















I'm also participating in the When Colours Collide challenge which is a bi-weekly challenge where colors are selected and you can only use those for your nail art.  This week's colors were pink and silver so the timing worked out perfectly. 




















I hope you like this look.  What nail art challenges do you participate in?  Have you done any fun neon nail art?

Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Nail Challenge Collaborative: June 2017 - Neon

Hey there!  Back again with my second post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative June Neon theme.  You actually get posts from me twice in one week!  For this look I decided to attempt water marbling using three colors from the Pipe Dream Polish A Night In Vegas collection to create this look.  Each photo will contain a bottle shot of one of the polishes used.   . 
 
The colors I used are Light Of Day, All In, and 110 Degrees.  I haven't done a blue, yellow, and orange water marble before and thought these colors would be fun together.  I love how they look even though there are some flaws and imperfections.  



 
It's another fun, summery look.  I especially love how my pinkie nail turned out.  I also like how the blue and yellow combined in a few spots making it look like I used a green as well. 
 
I don't water marble very often since I'm not great at it, but I always love how water marble looks on nails.  I could have added a stamp over it to hide my mistakes, but I loved this look as is.  I hope you like it as well.
 
Have you tried water marbling?  What polishes do you find work the best?
 
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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Nail Challenge Collaborative: June 2017 - Neon

Hey there!  It's been so long since I've done a blog post, but I'm trying to get back into my nail art challenges and to focus more time on doing my nails.  Today I have my first post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative June Neon theme.  It's been 6 months since I've posted for this challenge, and I'm so excited to come back to such a fun theme. 

 
I started with a base of this gorgeous chartreuse neon mystery polish from Pahlish.  This color screams summer to me and is such a fun color.  Pahlish mysteries are just that so you never know what you're going to get, but I'm so happy I got this one.  This is two coats plus Tonic Topper topcoat.  


 


 
I didn't want to take away from this beautiful color so decided just to do some simple stamping and went with a black polish to accentuate the neon yellow.  I used at Rica Blackout with MoYou London Punk 04 plate to create this look. 


I really love how this turned out.  It's simple, but really makes a statement.  It's super fun for summer and would still be on my nails if I could wear nail art at work! 
 
I hope you love this as much as I do.  What nail art designs do you like to do with neon polishes?  I have two more looks that I'll be doing for this challenge, but hopefully more if I have time. 
 
Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading.